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The Hunger

Sep 20 Through Sep 22 | Fri | 11AM | $13 and up
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"After an initial orgy of fancy camerawork, the movie settles down into the story of Bowie's final days. He has that disease, where you age suddenly. He needs a lot of blood to keep going. He appeals to a medical researcher (Sarandon) for help, but she brushes him off, and by the time she realizes he's serious, he looks like Methuselah. Then Sarandon visits the lavish townhouse where Deneuve and Bowie lived, and that's where a glass of sherry leads to the seduction scene. "Now I've got to be honest about this scene. Part of its interest lies in the fact that Catherine Deneuve herself and Susan Sarandon herself are acting in the scene. That gives it a level of reality that would be lacking in a porno film, even a much more explicit one. Because we know that famous actress don't usually agree to appear in scenes such as this, we're aware at the chance they're taking — and the documentary reality of the scene gives it effectiveness all its own. "In Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, we felt some of the blood-scented lure of eternal death-in-life. Here it's just — how would an ad put it? — "Catherine Deneuve for Dracula." – Roger Ebert (1983)

Venue: IFC Center

323 6th Ave Map